Reviewed by Trevor Kirk
Jesus Revolution is THE big thing in Norway at the moment, especially when it comes to outreach with the Gospel to and by young people. "A Jesus revolution is the only solution" is the slogan, and since 1997, Jesus Revolution has organised many youth crusades in towns and cities across Europe, as well as summer missions, church plantings and even a Jesus Revolution Army, where youngsters "enlist" for 12 months, and learn (according to the blurb) to be pioneers in God's Kingdom. Founded by Stephan and Anne Christiansen, both of whom used to be involved in the Oslo Christian Centre, JR is similar in some ways to organisations such as YWAM, and its music is unashamedly lively and very contemporary and wouldn't be out of place on any club dance floor, sanctified or otherwise. Main singing honours belong to Monica Kilvaer, and she has the vocal chops to get the message across. Mind you, she needs to; most of the time, she's having to go against some heavy drum machine, which is pretty relentless, and there's not the same sort of variation and invention in the music that you'd get from, say, The Tribe. Even when the BPM count slacks off, it's not long before the volume is up and the beat starts pounding again. Nevertheless, it seems to work for them, so I'm not knocking their methods; I just wish it was a little more pleasing to listen to.
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